Miller, Miller & Canby Hosts Book Signing for Royce Hanson


Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest Offers Rare and Insightful Look at the Transformation of Montgomery County, MD

Royce Hanson, former Montgomery County Planning Board President, author, civic leader and research professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, has released his new book, Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest. The book looks at the history of Montgomery County over the past 100 years, exploring notable land use policies during a time of significant growth and change.
 
On November 14, the Land Use and Real Estate departments of leading Maryland law firm, Miller, Miller & Canby, hosted a talk and book signing for Mr. Hanson in North Bethesda, Maryland.  The Washington Post’s Roger Lewis was on hand to provide introductory remarks before Mr. Hanson spoke briefly about his motivation for writing the book.  Suburb tells the story of Montgomery County’s transformation from a rural entity into a community of more than one million people. Throughout this remarkable period of growth, the county built a stellar reputation for strategic land use decisions that were progressive and innovative while serving the public interest. “Much of what the county accomplished,” writes Mr. Hanson, “can be attributed to a general plan that presented a pervasive vision that looked forward half a century, rather than fixate on immediate challenges.”
 
Through this study of Montgomery County, Suburb shares a rare and insightful view of the process, and provides a valuable resource for citizens, planners, government officials and developers seeking to learn more about zoning and planning for the benefit of any community.

Added Senior Land Use Department lawyer, Jody Kline, “There are young real estate attorneys who are coming into practice here who don’t know about Montgomery County’s history. This is an important work, not only to teach a new generation here about our county, but to also educate and inspire real estate professionals and community advocates nationwide.”

In addition to a distinguished career in academia, Mr. Hanson served for many years in leadership positions on the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, as well as the Committee on National Urban Policy and National Research Council. He has won numerous awards for his service, including the AIA Kai Medal for contributions to planning and urban design, and the American Planning Association’s Benjamin Banneker Award and Frederick Gutheim Distinguished Leadership Award.

Suburb can be ordered here.

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Best Lawyers Releases 2018 List of Honorees, Includes MM&C Attorneys James Thompson and Jody Kline


Best Lawyers® released the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America on September 29, 2017. The stand-alone publication highlights 2,886 lawyers recognized for their top legal talent, along with 103 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients from the Washington D.C. metro area. Additionally, the publication features notable local news and profiles of firms and individuals across the region.

Best Lawyers in America will be mailed to recognized lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The publication will also be distributed in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Miller, Miller & Canby’s Jim Thompson and Jody Kline have been recognized on the Best Lawyers list in their respective areas of practice every year since first being named in 2007. Mr. Thompson has been recognized for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law and Mr. Kline for Land Use and Zoning Law. In 2013, Mr. Thompson was also named a “Best Lawyer of the Year” for his accomplishments. This prestigious award is a testament to their long-standing reputations for their individual legal abilities and professionalism.  

Jim Thompson
has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation Group for more than 35 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain (with partner Joe Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals and general civil litigation. For more than a decade, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owners’ Counsel of America, a national network of property rights attorneys with demonstrated excellence in this area, focusing upon the representation of landowners in eminent domain litigation. Currently Mr. Suntum is the selected member for the state of Maryland. With Mr. Thompson’s breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of proven trial experience and legal skill to client representations.

Jody Kline
has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development department since 1981, focusing his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. In addition to zoning and subdivision law, he represents clients in matters related to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other administrative and real estate matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, private individuals, religious institutions, private schools, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

"For more than a third of a century," says Best Lawyers CEO Steven Naifeh, "Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession." President Phil Greer adds, "We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals."

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, the organization as assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.

For more information about Jim Thompson and Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here or for information about Jody Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here.

 





MM&C Litigation Attorney Successfully Represents Homeowners Against Fraudulent Developer


You may have heard the following story featured in the Washington Post and WAMU 88.5 (NPR radio).  A private developer from Virginia purchased dilapidated residential properties in the District of Columbia for renovation and resale.  The developer submitted building plans to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and obtained approval, but deviated from the plans to save costs and increase profits.  This included ignoring important fire safety requirements, such as sprinkler systems and fire barriers between floors.  The developer renovated the properties using unlicensed contractors who performed sub-standard work in violation of the building code.  To avoid detection by DCRA, the developer hired private, third-party inspectors to review and approve the construction.  Then, the developer sold the properties to unsuspecting buyers under false pretenses by claiming the properties were “totally renovated” or “renovated from top to bottom.”  Once the buyers began living in the properties, they slowly realized they were deceived and left with a property that violates the law and is not marketable without substantial repairs.

The developer engaged in this scheme with over 30 properties between 2012 and 2016, until lawyers, including MMC Attorney Michael Campbell, took action and shut down the developer.  Michael Campbell, represented five victims in litigation against the developer, which included claims of breach of contract, fraud and violation of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.  Two of the cases were resolved to the satisfaction of the clients prior to trial, while a third case is still pending in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

After several home owners complained to DCRA, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia finally took action and sued the developer for ignoring stop work orders and repeated violations of building codes and consumer protection laws.  After several months of litigation, the developer agreed to stop working in the District and pay $1.3M into a restitution fund for victims.  According to Mr. Campbell, that amount is insufficient to compensate all the property owners who need to make their properties code compliant.  As a result, more private litigation is necessary to fully compensate owners for their losses.

Miller, Miller & Canby has represented property owners in Montgomery County and the Washington DC area since its inception over 70 years ago. The firm's attorneys bring their trial skills and deep knowledge of real property to this field of law, which many other practitioners tend to treat administratively. The extensive breadth of knowledge and experience of the firm's real estate attorneys is evidenced by the wide variety of cases Miller, Miller & Canby trial attorneys have handled -- both at trial and appellate levels.

Michael Campbell
is a partner in the litigation group at Miller, Miller & Canby. In addition to trial and appellate advocacy, his practice focuses on real estate litigation and property tax assessment appeals.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Campbell at 301.762.5212 or send him an email. For more information about the firm’s litigation practice and representative cases, click here.





MM&C Awards 2017 Scholarship to Richard Montgomery High School Graduating Senior


On Thursday, May 18, attorneys from Miller, Miller & Canby attended Richard Montgomery High School’s Senior Awards Night and awarded Erica Abshire with Miller, Miller & Canby’s Scholarship to attend Montgomery College. Presenting the Scholarship to Erica were partners Joseph Suntum and Donna McBride.

Erica Abshire is an individual who, despite certain challenges, has demonstrated a strong commitment to academics and has continually worked to overcome the obstacles she has confronted.  Erica’s efforts were also recognized by the Richard Montgomery’s faculty, selecting her as the school’s “Featured Scholar”, a recognition given to the student who has continuously improved academically throughout their time at Richard Montgomery High School.  Erica also spends time working to improve the lives of others within her community, devoting time within her church groups to counsel individuals with particular needs.

The Scholarship is awarded to students whose record of academic performance and community involvement reflect both the ability and commitment to succeed.   By the same token, the firm hopes the Scholarship will provide an opportunity to academically deserving students who, because of personal circumstances, might otherwise have difficulty financing their attendance at Montgomery College.  

Miller, Miller & Canby established its scholarship in 2016 as part of its commemoration of the firm’s 70th Anniversary. The scholarship is awarded annually to students from Richard Montgomery High School and provides each student up to $10,000 to attend Montgomery College.  The scholarship recognizes Miller, Miller & Canby’s long history of service to the Montgomery County community as well as its presence in Rockville where it has maintained its offices for its entire history.  

The firm chose to award the scholarship to students who will attend Montgomery College because, like Miller, Miller & Canby, Montgomery College has been a part of the fabric of Montgomery County, providing affordable college level educational opportunities to residents.  Montgomery College also celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016, and Miller, Miller & Canby has been privileged to provide legal representation to the College throughout that period.  By establishing this scholarship for students to attend Montgomery College, the firm recognizes the importance of the College’s mission and the firm’s support of that mission.

Richard Montgomery High School was chosen because the school shares a similar history as Miller, Miller & Canby within the City of Rockville   Richard Montgomery High School is located just a few hundred yards from Miller, Miller & Canby’s offices, in the location of the school’s site when it was the original “Rockville High School.”    In that sense, Richard Montgomery High School and Miller, Miller & Canby have been long-time neighbors in Rockville.





Four MM&C Attorneys Named 2017 DC Super Lawyers


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce our attorneys who have been named to the list of Super Lawyers in the D.C. Metropolitan area for 2017. Attorneys James Thompson, Jody Kline and Donna McBride have been selected for this honor, and attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in the nation’s capital through a patented multiphased selection process which involves independent research, as well as peer nomination and review/evaluation. The objective is to create a comprehensive listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and a variety of firm sizes. The lists are published annually in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers nationwide.

2017 marks the 11th year that James (Jim) Thompson has been named to the list. Jim has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Group for more than 35 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain (with partner Joe Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals and general civil litigation. For more than a decade, he represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owner’s Counsel of America, a national network of property rights attorneys with demonstrated excellence in this area, focusing upon the representation of landowners in eminent domain litigation.

Jody Kline
has been a named Super Lawyer for each of the past 10 years, and has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development and Zoning practice group since 1981. He focuses his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law, and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. Additionally, he represents clients in matters relating to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, institutions, municipal corporations and entities, private schools, non-profit entities and private individuals.

Donna McBride
has been a named Super Lawyer since 2014, and has been a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice since 2009. She focuses her practice in litigation in the following areas:  business and commercial, employment, estates and trusts, personal injury and insurance, as well as real estate. In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer, she is co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, serves on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association and on the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

2017 is the second year that attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. She is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice, focusing in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. She has successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals and represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of the Montgomery County “Rain Tax.” She contributes her time to the Finding Justice project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.  

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. View the entire 2017 DC Super Lawyers by clicking here.





Business Attorney Glenn Anderson Featured on Executive Leaders Radio Program


Glenn Anderson joined Executive Leaders Radio on January 12 and was interviewed by host Herb Cohen, co-founder of the program.

Executive Leaders Radio conducts interviews of prominent CEOs, CFOs, and organizational leaders,  focusing on factors that contribute to success.

The ten to twenty-five minute on-air interviews are essentially informal conversations, where guests are asked about their background, education, influences, mentors and early career experiences. Guests also talk about their business, what they do and who they serve. Additionally, questions probe “interests outside of work, personal turning points and family sacrifices to capture the unique human aspect behind these prominent leaders."

During his interview Glenn spoke at length about the entrepreneurial drive that he possessed at a young age, and how his father influenced this passion. He also spoke about his education, the leadership roles he has held at Miller, Miller & Canby, which include Chief Financial Shareholder and Managing Shareholder, and his belief in the importance of mentoring.

In addition to launching Executive Leaders Radio, Herb Cohen also co-founded the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Entrepreneurial Network, Fairleigh Dickinson Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Study of Entrepreneurship at Temple University.

Executive Leaders Radio airs on Federal News Radio (WFED 1500 AM and streams at federalnewsradio.com). The program also airs nationally in major markets.

Glenn Anderson
leads the Business & Tax practice and Estates & Trusts practice at Miller, Miller & Canby.  He can be reached 301-762-5212.





MM&C Welcomes New Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome Sean P. Hughes as an attorney in the firm’s Land Use Group.
 
“Sean has an extensive understanding of zoning and land use law in and around the Washington, DC area,” noted Jody S. Kline, Co-Chair of the Land Use Group. “In addition, his background in telecommunications and communications law expands Miller, Miller & Canby’s resources in this quickly growing legal area.”
 
Sean's career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications, including handling public relations and affairs matters of a Fortune 50 company throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has spoken extensively on topics related to telecommunications land use law. Additionally, he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and in litigation matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Raised in Montgomery County, MD, Mr. Hughes attended Montgomery County Public Schools, is a past member of the Howard County Inns of Court and the MD/DC Wireless Association and is highly involved in youth soccer in Howard County, MD. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Sean at 301-762-5212.





Miller, Miller & Canby Names Soo Lee-Cho Principal; Joins Jody Kline as Co-Chair of Land Use Group


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Soo Lee-Cho, land use and zoning attorney, has been named Principal of the firm and will join Jody S. Kline as Co-Chair of the Land Development Practice Group.

“Soo represents the best of Miller, Miller & Canby’s strengths in an area of law that has been at the core of our firm’s practice for more than 70 years,” noted Jody S. Kline. “Soo approaches every client and every case with extraordinary passion, diligence and skillful application of the law.”

Soo Lee-Cho
’s practice includes land use, zoning law, real estate development and administrative law. She assists a wide array of property owners and developers (both local and national) with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch/site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, various County agencies, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Soo represents firms from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, Duball, LLC, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and PNC Bank.

Soo Lee-Cho’s law career spans 20 years, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use law practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Soo at 301-762-5212.





The Prestigious 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers List Includes Four MM&C Attorneys


Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce that attorneys James (Jim) L. Thompson, Joel (Jody) Kline and Donna McBride have been selected to the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list and attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Maryland are selected by Super Lawyers.

Jim Thompson
has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation Group for more than 35 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain (with partner Joe Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals and general civil litigation. For more than a decade, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owners’ Counsel of America, a national network of property rights attorneys with demonstrated excellence in this area, focusing upon the representation of landowners in eminent domain litigation. Currently Mr. Suntum is the selected member for the state of Maryland. With Mr. Thompson’s breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of proven trial experience and legal skill to client representations.

Jody Kline
has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development department since 1981, focusing his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. In addition to zoning and subdivision law, he represents clients in matters related to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other administrative and real estate matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, private individuals, religious institutions, private schools, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

Donna McBride
, a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice since 2009, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. She focuses her practice in litigation in the following areas:  business and commercial, employment, estates and trusts, personal injury and insurance, as well as real estate.  In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association and on the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Diane Feuerherd
is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice, focusing in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. Ms. Feuerherd joined the firm in the fall of 2013 after serving for two years as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the State’s highest court.  In her two years since joining the firm, Diane has briefed and successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals, and, most recently represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of Montgomery County’s “Rain Tax.”  She is an active member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She also contributes her time to the Finding Justice Project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.
 
Mr. Thompson has been named a Super Lawyer for each of the past 11 years; Mr. Kline for the past 10 years, and Ms. McBride since 2014. 2017 is the second year Ms. Feuerherd has been selected as a Rising Star. They join other Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys previously named Super Lawyers, including Joe Suntum and Pat McKeever.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:
•    Peer nominations
•    Independent research by Super Lawyers
•    Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Maryland Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

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Joseph Suntum to Serve as Panelist at International Property Rights Conference in the Netherlands


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Eminent Domain Attorney, Joseph P. Suntum, will speak at the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in The Hague, Netherlands this October. Mr. Suntum is the Maryland representative of Owners’ Counsel of America, a national association of eminent domain lawyers dedicated to representing property owners in condemnation, inverse condemnation and property rights matters.

Suntum will participate on a panel tasked with exploring the relations and dynamics between private property rights, equality and freedom.   At the center of the discussion is the question of whether the protection of private property rights becomes a barrier for equality and freedom or whether property rights encourages economic, political and social stability and promotes liberty.     

“The ability to own property and have your ownership legally protected has proven to be a powerful foundation of a robust economic system. Legally protected private property ownership has been argued to be ‘the guardian of every other right,’ and the basis of a free society,” said Suntum.  “But private property rights alone do not insure equality or freedom. Rather, the dynamic relationship between private property ownership, equality and freedom dictates the nature of society and the individual’s place in it.”

Established by the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project, the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference promotes collaboration between legal scholars and the practicing bar through the annual conference and conference journal.  The 2016 Conference is presented in collaboration with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague.  Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD), will be honored at the Conference with the 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize for his work advocating for legal and property rights reforms in developing nations around the world.

Read the full press release from The Owners' Counsel of America by clicking here.  You may also view the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Program by clicking the download attachment link below.

Joe Suntum is a Principal at Miller, Miller & Canby, focusing his practice in eminent domain and condemnation law. U.S. News - Best Lawyers awarded Miller, Miller & Canby a “First-Tier” honor for its Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice.  For information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain and condemnation practice click here, or contact Mr. Suntum directly at 301.762.5212 or via email.





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